‘Suge’ Knight Charged With Murder After Fatal Hit-And-Run

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Death Row Records co-founder Marion “Suge” Knight was charged with murder and attempted murder after a hit-and-run incident that killed one man and injured another outside a Compton, California, restaurant.

Knight, 49, could face life in prison if convicted, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said Monday in a statement. He’s being held without bail, according to the statement.

Following an altercation outside the restaurant, Knight allegedly ran over two men and fled the scene. The rap mogul was out on bail in a separate robbery case, and Knight’s prior convictions make the new case a potential “third strike” under California’s law that imposes lengthy prison sentences for repeat offenders, prosecutors said.

Knight’s lawyer, James Blatt, didn’t immediately respond to a phone call to his office for comment on the charges.

The incident occurred Jan. 29 near the set where a promotion for “Straight Outta Compton,” the Universal Pictures biopic of rap group N.W.A., was being filmed, a person with knowledge of the situation said at the time.

Original N.W.A members Dr. Dre, who went on to sell Beats Music to Apple Inc. for $3 billion, and Ice Cube are among the producers of the film, according to Imdb.com.

Shooting had finished for the day and Dr. Dre and Ice Cube had left the filming location’s headquarters when the incident took place, said the person, who asked not to be named while an investigation was pending.

The case is The People v. Knight, TA136401, Los Angeles County Superior Court (Compton).